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Bob Schwartz has been named vice president of marketing for Comcast-Spectacor Ventures and its affiliated companies.

Reebok International Ltd, the world's No. 2 shoe maker, said its profits this year could surge 25 percent after taking rivals' market share last year with trendy brands.

The venue for the 2009 Ryder Cup could be decided next month when a meeting of the competition's board will discuss the issue, the PGA European Tour have announced in a statement.

Soldier Field in Chicago will get a $587 million face-lift after Illinois Gov. George Ryan signed into law a bill to help finance the project.

Baseball players had a boom year at the bank in 2000 as average salaries soared by 17.5 per cent to $1.9 million according to the annual survey released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Former NBA star Michael Jordan has been unanimously approved as a partner in the group that owns the Washington Capitals.

The New York Yankees are increasing local television rights revenue to increase the gap between themselves and other major league baseball teams.

The New York Knicks are worth more than any other NBA franchise, according to a report by Forbes magazine.

U.S. drug control chief Barry McCaffrey has said that improved random dope tests and wider global research would help beat cheats at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

NFL owners have voted to return the Super Bowl to Houston and Detroit.

Major League Baseball has extended its exclusive agreement with MBNA as the official credit card issuer of Major League Baseball.

Wayne Becker, former division vice-president of Time Warner?s StarzEncore Group, has joined ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) as senior vice-president of programming and event management.

The head of utilities, telecoms and media giant Vivendi has ruled out bidding for U.S. broadcaster DirecTV, but reiterated he would welcome a partnership with media magnate Rupert Murdoch -- seen as one of DirecTV's suitors. has been ranked as the leading Olympic web site in the United States through the first six days of the Olympic Games, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

With only hours to go before the start of the millennium Olympics, troops were called in to combat chronic transport problems dogging the Games, but Aboriginal protests fizzled out.

For many Asian athletes, winning gold at the Sydney Olympics will also mean a small fortune.

Huge time-zone differences and an explosion in computer use will make Sydney's Olympics the biggest event yet on the Internet with officials predicting a staggering 6.5 billion hits for the official Games site alone.